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Dictation

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Dictation is a useful teaching tool, because it gives practice in interpreting sounds and transforming them into words.  When the students do the dictating, it adds the element of pronunciation practice. 

Dictation pairs

I have taken some corny jokes, and replaced about half the words with blanks.  On another sheet, I have blanks where the first sheet has words, and words where the first sheet has blanks.  I divide the students into pairs, and each one dictates to the other the words that he has that his partner doesn't have.  I do not allow peeking.  This is a speaking and listening exercise.  Click on the links below to download some dictation pairs. 

Baby

Bus

Crazy, not stupid

Dog poker

God won't know me

Mike

Rabbits

Roosevelt

Bank robbers

Bedpan

Happy marriage

Decoy

Dictation pronunciation practice

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I have written pairs of words that differ by only one vowel, or have other minor differences in pronunciation.  I have cut a hole in a manila envelope, so that only one pair shows at a time.  I give the envelope to each student in turn, and he reads the words two or three times so that his classmates can write them down.  I have found this to be useful as a pronunciation and listening exercise.

Click on the link below to download pronunciation pairs.

Pronunciation pairs

Old fashioned French Dictée

Teachers of French to French students use the dictée a lot.  The teacher reads a paragraph through at normal speed once, then reads it slowly in small segments, repeating each segment two or three times, then reads it a normal speed once again.  Students write down what they hear.  It tests listening, comprehension, spelling, and grammar.  I don't use it very often.  It is a humbling experience.  You think your students understand everything you say, but after a dictee, you realize that those smiles and nods have more to do with politeness than with comprehension.

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